What a Day!

Joy (2)

In the twinkling of an eye, we will be changed.  What a day that will be!

“I can see!”  These were the words my son uttered when he awoke from a nap following Lasik eye surgery.  At age four he made a similar statement about seeing the leaves on the trees after receiving his first pair of glasses.  I cried today just as I cried then.

During his surgery I sat in a waiting room with the families of other patients.  It was exciting to see each patient step through the door to greet their anxious family member.  Some smiled while others seemed almost unaffected, but my son stepped out beaming with joy.

I thought of those in the New Testament who received healing from Jesus and jubilantly shared the news with loved ones.  Blindness, leprosy, paralysis, and other ailments each removed at Jesus’ command.  How exciting it must have been to have been afflicted by such physical disorders and instantly be healed by the one and only Jesus!  I’m sure their initial expressions were much like that of my son.  Pure joy!

I also thought of the many people I know who pray daily for healing from diseases and conditions which cause pain, fear, and uncertainty.  I’m sure you know people who are suffering.  Very possibly you are currently suffering with a condition of your own and pray continually for God to heal you.  There were surely people in need of healing who never actually met Jesus to receive that healing touch but simply heard about the miracles he performed.  Unfortunately, the reality is that we won’t all receive physical healing during this lifetime, but we can find comfort in knowing this world is not our home.  God has something much better in store for those who believe.

Even if healing is never received on this earth we can be sure that God has an eternal purpose, and someday when we reach our heavenly home there will be no more pain.  Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  We may not understand the why, when, or for whom healing is given or not given, but the purpose is God’s glory.  That glory may not be revealed during our time in this present body which withers away with time, but 1 Corinthians 15:52 says, “In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”  We will no longer worry about the pain of the past, but our focus will be on the glory of God.

Seeing the joy on my son’s face vividly prompted an image in my mind of the joy we will have upon receiving our new heavenly bodies.  Imagine the joy of those, who never receive healing on this earth, when Christ returns and the broken body of each Christian will be replaced with one of glory!  What a day!

What a Day That Will Be

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be
by Jim Hill

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3 thoughts on “What a Day!

  1. 1. So glad the surgery went well for your son. Praise God! 2. Agree with your conclusion: how great the joy when those who were not healed on earth receive their glorious, perfect, heavenly bodies–not just for them, but for us who witness their euphoria. 3. Thought I recognized that poem at the end, then the tune came to me. It’s been a long time since I heard that one!

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